Research Concentrations

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Historically, the Field of Plant Biology has been divided into nine "concentrations":

  • Cytology
  • Paleobotany
  • Plant Biochemistry
  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant Molecular Biology
  • Plant Morphology, Anatomy, and Biomechanics
  • Plant Physiology
  • Systematic Botany

These terms are still used to help define the composition of PhD thesis committees, and are required on the graduate application to the field. Graduate students can study topics in a wide range of research areas as listed below. Faculty members in Plant Biology Graduate Field are listed by their associated research areas. A list of faculty members by concentration is provided; however, many biological questions are now approached at various levels, e.g., integrating molecular genetics data with evolution or integrating biochemistry with physiology and cell biology.

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